[puh-lim-uh-rahyz, pol-uh-muh-] Chemistry.
verb (used with object), polymerized, polymerizing.
to subject to polymerization.
verb (used without object), polymerized, polymerizing.
to undergo polymerization.
Also, especially British, polymerise.

1860–65; polymer + -ize

unpolymerized, adjective
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polymerize or polymerise (ˈpɒlɪməˌraɪz, pəˈlɪmə-, ˈpɒlɪməˌraɪz, pəˈlɪmə-)
to react or cause to react to form a polymer
polymerise or polymerise

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polymerize pol·y·mer·ize (pŏl'ə-mə-rīz', pə-lĭm'ə-)
v. pol·y·mer·ized, pol·y·mer·iz·ing, pol·y·mer·iz·es
To undergo or subject to polymerization.

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Example sentences
When acrylic paints dry, they polymerize, and the molecules form long chains.
They polymerize in the presence of catalysts or when heated.
Unstabilized hydrocyanic acid may polymerize spontaneously with explosive
The uninhibited acid will polymerize exothermically at ambient temperature and
  may accelerate to an explosive state if confined.
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